Volvo has had the long standing problem of differentiating its sedan models, for which it has dropped entry-level trim for the 2011 Volvo S40. What this means is that the now entry-level trim has actually been bumped up a level and now it starts with more options. The T5 has become now the base trim which translates into buyers being able to find a sedan with a turbocharged 4-Cylinder engine that produces 227 hp. That is roughly the same pony power that compact sports sedans like the Subaru WRX, but the mileage in the S40 rates at 21/30 mpg. Features you can find in this level are: FWD, satellite radio, electronic climate control, powered driver’s seat and option packages that include: auto-stick transmission, 8-Speaker, 160-watt stereo system and 17-inch alloy wheels. To maximize interior comfort, some of the features picked are: leather upholstery in the rear and front seats, powered moonroof, powered seats for the driver and front passenger. For the driver who enjoys taming roads, the S40's look is more aggressive inside and out. It now comes with a four-piece ground effects kit and high-performance fabric inlays in all seats to improve stability for occupants during tight cornering at speed. To cushion the S40 R-Design package includes a suspension tuned dynamically for sporting motorists. Volvo has been known for its safety features for years. Then, it's no surprise that the S40 is strong down to its chassis. In fact, a specialized cross member supports and strengthens the front passenger cabin on both sides. There is also small attention to detail with things like the tire pressure monitoring system to alert drivers that may not always perform routine maintenance. There are also blind-spot monitoring systems optional for both trim levels and available bi-xenon headlights. These headlights can have the optional and specialized swiveling mounts that follow the steering wheel. Since the options available for the Volvo S40 make it stand out among its peers, it's relevant to remember what cars share the Volvo S40's chassis. Some of the cars that have shared the platform that underpins the Volvo S40 are: Ford, Mazda, and Volvo. So, while Volvo has increased the strength of the base chassis, buyers should know of the positive aspects of the underlying frame. After all, the same chassis is the basis for the Mazda3 and worldwide Ford platforms and the reviews for handling among these cars have been well above average, if not top of their class. So, if what you're looking for are standard features like optional keyless start or automatic hazard lights when the airbags deploy, you'll find the 2011 Volvo S40 provides an array of options for those who prize safety in an internationally renowned platform. Add standard front, side, and side curtain airbags, along with the now ubiquitous electronic stability control and ABS systems. It is clear that Volvo has lived up to its heritage.